Teaching chicks to eat

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Namaste Mama, Feb 13, 2009.

  1. Namaste Mama

    Namaste Mama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok I have 2 chicks that hatched yesterday that are still not really eating or drinking. I'm dipping their beaks, but what else should I do?
     
  2. timbofarms

    timbofarms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    do you have any older chicks to put in with them
     
  3. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    I used my finger to "peck" into the chick mash and they came running to peck at it too.
     
  4. Sunny Side Up

    Sunny Side Up Count your many blessings...

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    If they just hatched yesterday they should still have a tummy-full of yolk to sustain them. They shouldn't need to eat or drink yet. Once they get fully dry & fluffy, and get more steady on their feet, they should take more interest in food & water. If they seem too weak for their age you can put a little sugar in their water. But just keep them warm & let them rest, tomorrow they should be more active.
     
  5. timbofarms

    timbofarms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Hey that might work too. I usually just take a chick from the previous weeks hatch to put in with the new ones to teach them what to do.[​IMG]
     

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